Holy Cross Uses 2nd Half Rally to Edge Siena 60-57

Sunday, December 23, 2018
GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Austin Butler
The Holy Cross Crusaders rallied from a ten point second half deficit to edge Siena 60-57 on Saturday at the Hart Center.

Holy Cross improves to 8-4 on the season, while Siena drops to 4-8 overall.

Holy Cross Rallies

After trailing 47-37 with 11:48 left to play in the second half, the Crusaders outscored Siena 17-2 over the next 6:09 to take a 54-49 lead.

Sophomore Austin Butler hit a pair of threes to begin the run, while the Saints made just one of seven field goal attempts.

The score stayed close the rest of the way, and Siena would pull back in front (57-56) with 2:17 to go on a three-pointer by Kevin Degnan.

A layup by Butler with 1:15 remaining gave Holy Cross the lead for good, then sophomore  Caleb Green scored with just 23.4 seconds on the clock to make the score 60-57.

The Saints would have one last possession, but Jalen Pickett’s three-point attempt was off the mark in the closing seconds as the Crusaders pulled out the win.

Butler led Holy Cross with 18 points and five rebounds in the game.

Jehyve Floyd followed up with 14 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

Next Up

Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, December 30 when they visit Iona.

Game time is set for 1 p.m.

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    March 1, 1975

    Holy Cross vs Army - The final game at the Worcester Auditorium

    Holy Cross beat Army 89-73 in the final game at the Worcester Auditorium. 

    The Crusaders were coached by George Blaney and went 229-64 in the building all-time. 

    PHOTO: Tunnelbug/flickr

  • 9.

    Feb, 14, 2001 

    Holy Cross vs Navy 

    Holy Cross clinches the programs first ever Patriot League Regular season title beating Navy 77-67 on the road. 

    Josh Sankes led Holy Cross that season. 

  • 8.

    March 9, 2001

    Holy Cross vs. Navy - Patriot League Championship

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    Ralph Willard was the head coach.

    PHOTO: College Hoop Hits

  • 7.

    March 9, 2007

    Bucknell vs Holy Cross - Patriot League Championship 

    The Crusaders hosted the Patriot League Championship game at the Hart Center and defeated Bucknell 74-66.

    Keith Simmons led Holy Cross in the game.

    PHOTO: Wikipedia 

  • 6.

    March 10, 1993 

    Holy Cross vs Bucknell - Patriot League Championship 

    The Crusaders won their first Patriot league title beating Bucknell 98-73.

    Rob Feaster was named tournament MVP after pouring in 66 points and recording 9 steals in three games. 

  • 5.

    March 5, 1977 

    Holy Cross vs. #8 Providence in ECAC Championship 

    Holy Cross defeated Providence 68-67 on a buzzer beater by Chris Potter to win ECAC Championship and advance to NCAA Tournament for first time in 21 years. 

  • 4.

    Feb 17, 1990

    Holy Cross vs. Army MAAC North Championship game

    Holy Cross rolled Army 86-68 and clinched the MAAC North title.

    The title was the program's first conference championship. 

    Dwight Pernell led Holy Cross with 22 points in the game. 

  • 3.

    March 13,1977

     Holy Cross vs Michigan in NCAA Tournament

    The game marked Holy Cross' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 seasons. 

    After leading 72-70 with less than 5 minutes to play, the Crusaders fell 92-81. 

    Holy Cross was led that season by Ronnie Perry, however, he was injured for this game. 

  • 2.

    March 13,1954  

    Holy Cross vs Duquesne - NIT Championship game

    Holy Cross won the NIT Championship game 71-62 over Duquesne. 

    The Crusaders were led by Togo Palazzi who was named MVP of the tournament.

    Palazzi went as the number one pick in the NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics a couple of months later.

    PHOTO: Goholycross.com



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